4/20 and the future

Ngaio Bealum is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at ask420@newsreview.com.

Woot woot! Happy 4/20! How are you celebrating?

—Cuatro Veinte Siempre

Woot woot yourself! I will be on the road in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying all kinds of delicious and legal cannabis products. I would also like to celebrate by recognizing everything the cannabis freedom movement has accomplished this year. Here is a partial list:

Thanks to the tireless work done by dedicated activists all over the country, more states and cities are decriminalizing cannabis. Big ups to New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, Key West, the entire state of Delaware (and Nebraska!) and all of the other states, cities and counties that have decided to stop being dicks toward cannabis users. City by city and state by state, the dominoes keep falling and weed keeps winning.

Last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it will look into rescheduling cannabis. Right now, the feds still consider weed a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, just like other Schedule 1 drugs such as LSD and heroin. According to the DEA, cocaine and oxycodone are safer than marijuana. Bwahaha. That may change this summer, but I’m not holding my breath. Asking the DEA whether pot should remain illegal is like asking a fox if chickens are delicious, especially when the fox gets billions of dollars per year to go after chickens. Listen, cannabis shouldn’t even be on the list of prohibited drugs. A rescheduling (to Schedule II or III) would create an entirely different set of problems for cannabis manufacturers, but could be a step in the right direction. It would be awesomely awesome if cannabis was removed from the schedule completely. There is no logical or sane reason for cannabis to be on anyone’s list of “dangerous narcotics.” Perhaps this summer, common sense and logic will win the day.

There’s a bunch of stuff to celebrate. 2016 may be the biggest year for cannabis ever. California, Arizona and Nevada are poised to legalize adult use this year. Massachusetts and Florida also have a shot. If activists can manage to hold it together, we could have legal weed nationwide by 2020. #squadgoals.

And that’s just a few things. The cannabis freedom army is peacefully and gently kicking all the ass right now. Happy 4/20.

What is the right dosage for an edible?

—Indy Gestion

I wish I knew. Everyone is different. Body weight, personal tolerance levels, how much you’ve had to eat beforehand, all kinds of things factor into how an edible will make you feel. Anecdotal experience shows me that 10 milligrams of THC per 100 pounds of person is a good rule of thumb. One way to get an idea of your ideal dosage without going too far is to get some of those “microdose” candies that are usually about 5 milligrams of THC apiece, eat a few and keep track of how you feel. That should give you a good idea of what you can handle. Have fun.